Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Can you estimate the price of a Solar Powered Sign?

Certainly!! But, before I do, let me give you some background...

As a Master Distributor for Agile Displays, most of the sales have been of trailer mount signs. The trailer mount signs are already manufactured to a certain size, so there is no real need for estimating. However, shipping does generally run $500-$1500/sign.

Another factor is where the solar powered sign will be used. If the sign is used in the northern United States, the increased cloud cover makes the decision on the number of solar panels more difficult. And, of course, the southern United States typically has an abundance of sunshine.

Additionally, there is the choice of LED panels. A 38 mm LED panel and a 19 mm LED panel are both available. The 19 mm panels have the LEDs closer together, so it is a better choice if graphics are a greater concern. And, because there are more LEDs in the 19 mm panels, they are more expensive. Both LED panels are 18" x 24".

Finally, using solar panels is VERY green, but if there is access to standard power, standard power is the most cost effective choice. (I will explain this shortly.) The Agile Display panels use approximately 15% of the power used by standard outdoor LED sign panels. Thus, using an Agile Display LED sign even if used WITHOUT solar power is still a GREEN choice!!

To effectively provide an estimate, the LED panels AND the solar panels will be addressed separately.

The above sign is 72" W x 48" H. It is made of 8 LED panels. The sign could be made with either 38 mm or 19 mm panels.

38 mm panels are approximately $800 EA.
19 mm panels are approximately $900 EA.

38 mm panels = $800 x 8 = $6,400.
19 mm panels = $900 x 8 = $7,200.

Each sign needs to be built, and each face has a wireless network for programming. The approximate cost is $1,200.

Approximate Uninstalled Cost of Each Sign (Sign only with no shipping or installation costs)
72" x 48" 38 mm LED sign: $7,600
72" x 48" 19 mm LED sign: $8,400

Solar Panels

In the above sign, 4 Solar Panels would be necessary. How did I get this number? Divide the number of Solar panels by 3 (8/3=3) and add 1. So, a total of 4.

Solar Panel cost = $1,200 per sign panel X 4 panels = $4,800.

Battery Pack: 1 battery pack per 4 Solar Panels at $1,200.

The total for a 19 mm LED Solar Powered Sign non-installed without shipping.....

72" x 48" 19 mm LED sign: $8,400
4 Solar Panels: $4,800
1 Battery Pack: $1,200
Total: $14,400

Do you want a double-sided LED sign? It is not exact, but doubling the price will get your pretty close....

Still confused? Please send us an email or give us a call to help sort out the pricing for your individual sign needs.

The SignsSeen Team

Sunday, October 12, 2008

SignsSeen and SignsWork Partnering to Better Serve Their Customers

SignsSeen and SignsWork have both been on the Internet selling signs for many years. Now, to be more efficient and to allow the visitors of both sites to see more product offerings, & have combined their knowledge and skills to bring a better shopping experience.

How will this experience effect you? Place an order on either site and see how efficiently we handle it. Have questions? We look forward to hearing from you!!


SignsSeen Staff

Elite Ribbon Printer at Excellent Price!!!

Buy the ERP-702 Ribbon Printer with Confidence from SignsSeen!

The E702 Ribbon Printer is an outstanding thermal transfer ribbon printer. With advanced standard features and flexible options, the ERP-702 is engineered to meet your ribbon printing applications. Manufactured with an all metal print mechanism, it provides for a more durable and reliable printer. With innovative TrueSpeed technology, the E702 achieves a constant print speed of up to 3 inches per second. It requires minimum counter space, and its light weight allows the printer to be easily moved to any convenient location. Our printer comes with a two year warranty.
  • Durable & Reliable – Engineered using only the highest quality components and built with an all metal print mechanism to deliver consistent printing and low printer maintenance
  • Versatile - Print single or multiple narrow ribbons ranging in sizes from one quarter inch up to four inches. Savings will vary. Print a thirty-six inch memorial ribbon for as little as ten cents or multiple narrow ribbons for less than two cents
  • Customize – The easy to use software allows for quick setup and printing. Get creative with fonts, images and colors. Stack (prize ribbons) or rotate your text 360 degrees. When completed, save your settings for your next print job
  • Efficient – The printer uses a left margin alignment which provides for a more efficient use of transfer film, potentially cutting your transfer film costs in half
  • Multi-language capability – Prepare and print your ribbons in any language using your desktops true-type format language fonts (Truetype format language fonts must be present in your Windows font folder).
Available at two places:

Buy it under "Ribbon Printers" at or see the printer with more available accessories at

And, if there are any questions, contact us at 614-543-1397!!

Thanks for visiting!

Make your own signs with Spiderfeet

I recently discovered some new devices called "SpiderFeet". Spiderfeet are designed so you can EASILY create your own signs. Simply print your sign message on 1/2" sign material and insert into the stand. It can be used for single or double-sided signs.

The sign stand is made of powder coated steel. It is available in 2 colors (red and standard) and two sizes-accepting 1/4" or 1/2" panels.
It can be reused again and again!!

Interested in trying these or other innovation sign making ideas? Visit us at:

And, if there are any questions, contact us at 614-543-1397.